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Jan 22, 2011 03:50 PM

cheap eats within walking of the Westin downtown

My daughter is attending a conference at the Westin on a student budget. Any suggestions for cheap eats within walking distance of Fifth Avenue and Stewart? Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. You bet. Have her go to Rock Bottom across the street from the 5th Ave.
    Theater. My son is a waiter in the bar during the day. They have good pub
    food and make their own beer, not that she has to have that.

    1. Top Pot donuts is right up the street from the Westin & is a good bet for breakfast.

      If she's 21, Two Bells Tavern on 4th & Bell isn't far and has a good burger (& other sandwiches) for not much money.

      The small plates at Local 360 (1st & Bell) are a relative bargain - the beef tongue hash with egg is $9, made from locally sourced ingredients, of exceptional quality, and is enough for a non-glutton's meal.

      Serious Pie has a solid happy hour - - but does get busy.

      Edit: Rock Bottom is as good as its name. Big chain, avoid. Enough said.

      Two Bells Tavern
      2313 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

      Serious Pie
      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

      1. She could not possibly have got a better venue than this. Belltown to the North, Downtown all around. Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and Jackson Square to the South, and all of Capitol Hill to the East.

        For Belltown, study Seattle happy hour for many (relative) bargains within (slightly tired) walking distance. These can add-up fast though… Home-study is recommended for the local Happy Hour scene, though I always enjoy $20 spent at Ivar’s (Acres of Clams or Salmon House - great views, salmon house has good history art).

        The Pike Place Market is 5 blocks West of the Westin.
        Of course a different five blocks take you to a truly rich doughnut at Top Pot.
        To stroll and snack late morning into early afternoon in the Pike Place Market is a great idea >> Highlights, for me, have been Seared Scallop chowder at Pike Place Chowder, a grilled sausage to share at Uli’s, just across Pike Place, in the main arcade, BBQ pork Hum Bao at Saigon Bakery, stewy Iranian pastries at Turkish Delight (long story), grilled Halibut or Salmon sandwich at Pike Place Grill, Le Panier will get you good pastry and coffee for ten bucks.

        Ten blocks away, or so (take a free bus or tunnel), is Bakeman’s – the Seattle Soup Nazi spot. Have what they have – turkey (mayo? cranberry? Mustard? / white/dark; white/wheat?) move along now. Have the soup, a little salad, some fruit , go home with change from a ten.

        Salumi is within free bus range. Itself, not free, it has its own value.

        Elliott's Oyster House, oyster happy hour starts at 3:00 (It’s ‘progressive - starts at 50 cents and rises by 50 cents each half hour?). Stay with the oysters, though.

        At more leisure, Pagliaccci is a local favorite, having fed legions of students, through the years.

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Elliott's Oyster House
        1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

        Pike Place Chowder
        600 Pine St Ste 404, Seattle, WA 98101

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        Seattle Soups
        4828 S Graham St, Seattle, WA 98118

        1. At Westlake Center there is Bombay Wala that has a really good Masala Dosa. Order to eat there so that she gets the lentil soup. It's about $5 and a pretty substantial meal. Pretty spicy though. It's really the only thing I recommend there but it is so good and cheap that it's worth it for just the one dish.

          For Happy Hour:

          List is really or Barolo are both walking distance and the 1/2 price food at these places is great. The HH wine is also very reasonable and better than most house wine in the area.

          Il Fornaio has FREE food at HH plus cheap apps.

          Right across the street Icon Grill has good food and during HH the entire lounge menu is 1/2 price. The Ultimate Mac n Cheese is really good as is the Cajun Chicken Sandwich and most of the other stuff I've tried is good, too.

          There is a Whole Foods Market nearby and in the same building the HHs at Tutta Bella and Seastar are both worth trying. Seastar has Kobe beef sliders that are really, really good. Good Penn Cove mussels in coconut broth, too.

          Ivar's is also good for HH. The Penn Cove mussels in coconut curry are great.

          El Puerco Lloron is a good stop for bargain Mexican food on the Pike Place Hill Climb. Le Pichet is pretty affordable for breakfast or a light lunch.

          Le Pichet
          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

          1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

          Icon Grill
          1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

          Tutta Bella
          4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

          Whole Foods Markets
          , Redmond, WA 98052

          El Puerco Lloron
          1501 Western Ave Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98101

          1. Thanks to all of you for your ideas and suggestions. I sent them all to her and she took them with her on her trip..

            She just came back today and had a fantastic time and was able to eat well for under $50 while she was there. She had dinner the first night at the mall near the hotel. She spent $5 for dinner. The second night she splurged and spent $15 at a Japanese restaurant. The rest of the meals were just as affordable although I don't know all the details of where she ate and how much she spent on each one. Thanks for sharing your suggestions.

            2 Replies
            1. re: dimsumgirl

              Glad your daughter found ways to enjoy Seattle cuisine while staying in her budget, dimsumgirl!

              1. re: dimsumgirl

                Please encourage her to share her Seattle experiences with us, as she now has new information to share, and that's what we're here for...